Call for Kazakh poet to be moved from solitary confinement
Recent articles in Kazakhstan

On the eve of Batyrbekov’s 5 November appellate hearing, rights groups worldwide are calling for his release from custody in Kazakhstan and reconsideration of the criminal defamation law under which he is being tried.

Hundreds of people were detained during Kazakhstan’s most notable election in recent years, including international and local reporters and an election monitor from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Jailed for campaigning for justice, Vladimir Kozlov – journalist, political activist and human rights defender – has long been a thorn in the side of Kazakhstan’s authoritarian president.